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Conference 2023: October 15th – 17th Newcastle/Gateshead

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Heritage Trust Network Conference 2023

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The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

They are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – they can help with advice, development grants or loans. Could your project be next?

The AHF can offer advice, grants and loans to projects that have the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits where they are needed most.

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. NLHF believes that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.


Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers is an insurance and risk management company. Their highly experienced team work with a number of heritage sites and museums and understand the unusual needs of Building Preservation Trusts. “If you are a heritage site, or have listed buildings, it is important to work with a company who appreciates the particulars of the claims process.  Potential rebuild times, the availability of particular materials, and specialist labour skills required along with the nuances of relevant interested bodies will all need to be considered when negotiating insurance protection.”


Utility Aid is the UK’s largest energy broker for the not-for-profit sector, and they’re delighted to be working with The Heritage Trust Network to offer you access to their expertise. Their dedicated team provide a high-level service to manage and maintain your portfolio, covering procurement, Bureau services, full account management, historical audits, carbon reporting and net zero planning. They have saved their charity customers over £4m through their invoice validation services.

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CT: Accountants Advisers are based in Edinburgh, London and Inverness and have provided Heritage Trust Network members with advice for over 7 years and have extensive experience in the BPT sector.

Trusts contact CT: Accountants Advisers at various stages of their project and queries can range from simply confirming current understanding to giving an approximate estimate on the potential VAT recovery of a project. The firm also provides advice to members on business plans, accountancy software packages and accounting practices.


Based in Manchester and Leeds, Buttress is an AJ100 architectural practice which has been providing award-winning services to the heritage sector for more than 30 years. The practice’s team includes conservation accredited architects and heritage consultants; offering a full service from stand-alone historic research and analysis, condition surveys and conservation plans, to fully integrated architectural design services.

Buttress Architects are keen advocates for the development and preservation of heritage skills within the industry, and recognise the important role heritage trusts and community groups play in ensuring a sustainable future for the historic environment.  The team will also have an exhibition stand in the Civic Centre on Monday 16th October, visit them for a chat and to find out more about their projects.


Creative Heritage assists those with responsibilities for heritage assets, especially buildings at risk. It seeks to help clients turn liabilities into assets through heritage-led regeneration, creative re-use and constructive partnerships. Established in 2011, the multi-disciplinary practice is led by Kate Dickson, formerly Director of Heritage Works Building Preservation Trust. Creative Heritage offers a range of services to support voluntary sector organisations in developing historic building projects, from funding advice and feasibility studies, through governance and capacity building, to delivery strategies and project management.


Based in Edinburgh and Forres, LDN Architects work throughout the UK on commissions of all scales. We are best known for our award-winning approach to conservation complemented with creative design; delivering projects that meet the aspirations of each client and buildings that enhance the lives of those who use them.